As Crime Stoppers month kicks off around the world, the Durham Regional Crime Stoppers (DRCS) program is celebrating 25 successful years and over 3,200 arrests.
Crime Stoppers works in partnership with the police, the community and the media, giving residents the opportunity to report information anonymously. It has proven to be an invaluable tool in helping Durham Police with the fight against crime. In 2010 alone, calls to the Crime Stoppers hotline provided 1,491 tips which led to 155 arrests.
Over the past 25 years DRCS has received almost 23,000 tips leading to 8,928 charges and 3,211 arrests. Durham Police have seized almost $80 million worth of drugs and stolen property as a result of Crime Stoppers information.
Established in 1986, Durham Regional Crime Stoppers is responsible for many successful public awareness campaigns in Durham, including the marihuana grow home brochure and the Campus Crime Stoppers program. DRCS took the lead on raising the maximum reward for tips from $1,000 to $2,000 and a Trillium Foundation grant has allowed DRCS the tools to produce video crime re-enactments.
"Crime Stoppers is an invaluable tool, used to help officers solve crimes,” said Crime Stoppers coordinator and DRP Cst. Gord Fleming. “Because we are able to keep the identity of every caller confidential we are able to build trust with members of the public, which encourages them to come forward and help make a difference in our community.”
DRPS would like to congratulate Durham Regional Crime Stoppers and all its community partners on their many accomplishments over the past 25 years.
For more information please visit the Crime Stoppers area on our website.
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